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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

So what's this carbon footprint thing all about...

So what's this carbon footprint thing all about?

Is it about carbon emmissions? Is there anything more profoundly simple to say on the subject?

So lets plant a few trees - will that help? Come on world!

In the developed world the average[1] persons carbon dioxide emissions are almost 10 metric tonnes per year. This is called their carbon footprint and comes mainly from their household energy usage and transport requirements car travel, flights and commuter transport. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas which, when released into the atmosphere, acts like a thickening blanket, trapping the sun's heat. Too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing the planet to warm up. To help prevent global warming, we all need to reduce our emissions and look at ways we can mitigate the emissions left over that we are responsible for. Trees are a natural green machine which absorb carbon from the atmosphere and release it as oxygen. To this end, trees are an effective way of absorbing the carbon you release into the atmosphere.

So lets get planting now!

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